Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-Min Son shared a post on Facebook to inform his fans across the world that he has commenced preparation to embark on his four weeks mandatory military camping in South Korea. He urged them to maintain the social distancing order which is being practised in most parts of the world to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
He also urged his fans and news reporters to stay away from him and not to break the coronavirus lockdown guidelines during the period of his mandatory military service to his home country.
The 27 years old South Korean football icon suppose to have gone for mandatory 21-month military service before now, a constitutional duty for youths in South Korea. Heung-Min Son was exempted from the service after he won the gold medal with the country in the 2018 Asian Games.
It is, however, compulsory for him to observe four-week military camping as part of his service to his country. And the best time to do that is now that there is no footballing action in the Premier League and across the world due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Heung-Min Son looks forward to completing his military duty
He wrote: “As large gatherings have been discouraged due to the COVID-19 virus and as we are working to comply with government policy, we will not be opening this event up to the public,” the statement read.
“This decision is being made to ensure the safety of the fans and reporters and to prevent any dangerous situations from arising.
“Thank you for your understanding. Heung-Min Son looks forward to completing his military duty and doing his best at the training facility.”
Heung-Min Son joined Tottenham from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £22 million, making him the most expensive Asia footballer in history.
Son is currently the top Asian goalscorer in both Premier League and Champions League history, after surpassing Cha Bum-Kun’s record for most goals scored by a Korean player in European competition. In 2019, he became the second Asian in history to reach and start a UEFA Champions League final after fellow countryman Park Ji-sung.